SCREEN TEST: OF LIONS AND LAMBS
March, as the old saying goes, “comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb.” There are 73 films listed in the AFI Catalog of Feature Films with “lion” in the title, yet only 11 with “lamb.” It is a jungle out there! In this month’s quiz, we’re asking you to choose the actual dialogue used in two recent films – one lion, one lamb. First, from Disney’s THE LION KING (1994) written by Irene Mecchi, Jonathan Roberts and Linda Woolverton, we have Mufasa’s majordomo, the hornbill Zazu singing:
Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen/Nobody knows my sorrow.
Oh, Zazu, do lighten up. Sing something with a little “bounce” in it.
CUT! Okay, what song does Zazu sing next?:
The correct answer is 2. This is a Disney movie after all. A little later he and Scar sing a duet of "Oh, what a lovely bunch of coconuts."
And now for the lamb course: THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS (1991), naturally. In this scene from the thriller written by Ted Tally from the novel by Thomas Harris, two scientists show some evidence to Clarice Starling, the FBI agent played by Jodie Foster:
Agent Starling, meet Mr. Acherontia Styx.
Better known to his friends as –
CUT! Better known to his friends as what?:
The correct answer is 3. The Death’s-head moth. RED DRAGON (2002) was the title of another film version of Thomas Harris’ novel and the alternate title of MANHUNTER (1986), the first film to feature Dr. Hannibal Lecter.
Three films have both lion and lamb in their titles: THE LAMB AND THE LION (1919); THE LION AND THE LAMB (1931) and more recently LIONS FOR LAMBS (2007).